The 5 Essential Skills to Become a Baby Sleep Consultant 

Skills to Become a Baby Sleep Consultant 

The 5 Essential Skills to Become a Baby Sleep Consultant 


I absolutely LOVE my career as a baby sleep consultant. What I love more? Helping other women find this amazing industry! But, it might not be for everyone. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a baby sleep consultant, you need to know more than just the science behind baby sleep. While education is #1 always, it takes more than that to find success in this industry. Here are the 5 essential skills to become a baby sleep consultant.


1. Communication Skills

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Newborn babies don’t exactly know anything about communication skills. And while you might be working directly with the child, the majority of your time is going to be dealing with parents! 

Oftentimes, our clients have been suffering for a while with lack of sleep and frustration around not knowing what issues their child is experiencing. So, being able to effectively communicate is CRUCIAL to understand the concerns of parents and to convey sleep strategies to them. As a consultant, you’ll need to listen carefully to the parents to identify underlying issues, and then explain solutions in a way that is easy for parents to implement. 


2. Empathy and Compassion

This one should be a no brainer, but can be easier said that done when the chaos and distraction of a sleep-deprived baby comes in the picture. It’s important to remember that parents often seek sleep consultants when they are stressed and exhausted. Some of them are really struggling. Demonstrating empathy and compassion is going to help you build trust and rapport with the family, which makes them more likely to follow your advice and feel supported throughout the process. 

And, when you’re the voice of reason and the source of peaceful sleep, that family is more likely to refer you to other potential clients. So keeping a cool head really pays off down the line. If parents love you, your consultancy is set for success. 


3. Problem-Solving Abilities

During your education, you’ll learn everything under the sun about what could be causing sleep issues. But when you’re in the real world with clients, you’ll have to identify exactly what is going on with each family on your own. 

Every family is unique, and what works for one might not work for another. Having strong problem-solving skills is going to help you to tailor sleep plans to the individual needs of that client, and adapt your strategies when situations change. You’ll be surprised how much this job can keep you on your feet, and you’ve got to be ready for whatever is thrown at you! 

(P.S. We incorporate problem-solving case studies into our sleep consultant certification course, preparing our students for the quick thinking they’ll need with clients.)


4. Knowledge of Sleep Science

As with any profession, you need to know the science to back up your claims. A deep understanding of sleep biology and development is fundamental. With that education under your belt, you can create effective, evidence-based sleep plans and educate parents on the importance of healthy sleep habits for their kiddos.

Naturally, our curriculum covers all of these areas. If you’d like to see the full curriculum, check it out here!


5. Business Management Skills

Sadly, sleep consulting is not ALL about helping families get a good night’s rest. You’ll be starting your own business here, which means you’ll have to understand more than sleep science. You’ll need to brush up on marketing, client management, financial planning, and more to ensure that your business is sustainable and can grow over time. 

If you’d like tips on marketing your sleep consulting business, or want to know more about the business finances behind the job, check out my blogs— I’ve got plenty on those topics!


Ready for the Next Step?

If you’re passionate about helping families achieve better sleep and believe you possess (or can learn!) these essential skills, the next step is to get certified

Certification not only enhances your credibility but also equips you with the structured knowledge and practical experience needed to thrive in this field.


IPSP Teaches All of the Skills to Become a Baby Sleep Consultant

The Institute of Pediatric Sleep and Parenting (IPSP) offers a comprehensive Sleep Consultant Program designed to cover all aspects of becoming a successful baby sleep consultant. Here’s what you can expect from the course:

  • Comprehensive Curriculum: The program includes in-depth modules on sleep science, infant and toddler sleep, sleep disorders, and sleep coaching techniques.
  • Practical Training: Gain hands-on experience through practical training sessions, where you apply your learning to real-life scenarios.
  • Business Management: Learn essential business skills such as marketing, client acquisition, and financial planning to help you run a successful practice.
  • Ongoing Support: Benefit from ongoing support and resources even after certification to stay updated with the latest research and best practices in sleep consulting.

By enrolling in the IPSP Sleep Consultant Program, you’ll be equipped with all the knowledge and skills to become a baby sleep consultant. Take the first step towards a fulfilling career that makes such an incredible impact on families’ lives.



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Why choose IPSP?


Flexible Coursework

Our programs are 100% online and self-paced. Work through the curriculum anytime and from anywhere.


Qualified Faculty

Our instructors have the education and real-world experience needed to help you consult with confidence.

Supportive Community

Your tuition includes access to a community of IPSP-trained consultants. Ask questions, share resources, and discuss trends.

Affordable Tuition

Payment plans make it easier for you to achieve your goals without breaking the bank. It’s premier education without the price tag.

Lifetime Certification

Unlike most programs, IPSP doesn’t charge annual recertification fees.

Instant Marketing

Jumpstart your business with a profile on the IPSP website and in-house referral opportunities.

Hands-On Director

Our founder and lead instructor is only an email, phone call, or text away—every day of the week.


Proven Track Record

More than 1000 students have rewarding careers thanks to their IPSP certification.

Plus, no other sleep consultant certification course is taught by a registered nurse.

Have peace of mind knowing you’re investing in the most robust, most up-to-date training available.

Learn from one of the world’s most respected certification programs.

Sleep Consultant Certification Curriculum Outline


The Science of Sleep

Learn the biology of sleep, including the stages of sleep, sleep cycles, and how child development affects sleep.


Sleep Training Techniques

Develop expertise in multiple sleep training methods so you can match your skills to each client’s specific needs.


Bumps in the Road

Understand how to help your clients manage teething, separation anxiety, night weaning, illness, and more.


The Business of Sleep Coaching

Get the nuts and bolts of setting up and running a profitable business, including insurance and liability.


Infant and Toddler Sleep Basics

Know how to help with bedtime struggles, frequent night wakings, early wake-ups, and so much more.


Creating Customized Sleep Plans

Learn exactly how to create successful sleep plans and develop a sleep plan template you can easily and quickly customize.


When to Refer Out

Sometimes, sleep training may not be an appropriate solution, Know how and when to refer your client to another professional.